Jamaica

Jamaica — 120 New Doctors Hired

Following a public outcry from members of the medical fraternity, Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has announced that 120 new doctors are to be hired in the public sector.

In the press, it was recently reported that many interns were sitting at home unemployed because of budgetary constraints by the government.

The situation was viewed as alarming, given the chronic shortage of medical personnel in the public health sector.

However, Dr. Tufton recently disclosed that the Ministry of Finance has now made funds available to hire these doctors. 

“A few weeks ago, we had a situation where doctors, having graduated, were not engaged because there was no post for them. Well, we now have the posts. We’re working out the details. All of those 106 I think there were that did not have positions will be taken on… They will be deployed appropriately and again, that will strengthen the numbers in the field, not just for COVID, but certainly, the response to COVID will benefit from that,” said the Minister.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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